In the arts mecca of New York City, subway buskers are often overqualified. But they’re not usually world-class jazz singers with the lungs and charisma of old-school soul stars. Accompanied only by a pianist, watch Gregory Porter perform “Be Good (Lion’s Song)” on a vintage subway car in downtown Brooklyn.
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Poolside on a picnic table under the blazing California sun at the Ace Hotle in Palm Springs, watch Cayucas perform the bittersweet single “High School Lover.”
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Watch the Ebene Quartetdelve deep at a Brooklyn bookstore to play the dark-hued second movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Op. 80 string quartet.
Playing to a sea of empty red seats at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., watch Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum and two backing vocalists untangle a web of words in a quiet but complex acoustic version of “Ocean Roar.”
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Usually, Allen Stone performs his bluesy soul with the aid of a crack band, but here, we got the 25-year-old belter to perform his single “Sleep” — usually a big, rollicking rave-up — with just a guitarist for backup.
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Singer Carla Morrison has already enchanted audiences in her native Mexico with her sweet, timeless voice and unabashedly lovelorn lyrics. Watch her give a special performance at The High Line, an elevated park in New York City.
Watch Micachu & The Shapes complement the sun-dappled woods of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park with "Holiday," a disarmingly plainspoken song with ragged beauty.
For a few minutes amid the bustle and rush of the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival, we were able to stop, breathe and enjoy Cloud Cult’s jaw-dropping rendition of its song “That Man Jumped Out the Window.”